Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “civilization”

civilization

noun uk (UK usually civilisation)   /ˌsɪv.əl.aɪˈzeɪ.ʃən/ us  

civilization noun (DEVELOPED SOCIETY)

B2 [C or U] human society with its well developed social organizations, or the culture and way of life of a society or country at a particular period in time: Some people think that nuclear war would mean the end of civilization. Cuzco was the centre of one of the world's most famous civilizations, that of the Incas.Society - general words C1 [U] mainly humorous a place that has comfortable living conditions: How does it feel to be back in civilization after all those weeks in a tent?Comfortable and uncomfortable

civilization noun (PROCESS)

[U] the process of educating a society so that its culture becomes more developed: The civilization of Britain by the Romans took years to complete.Teaching in general
(Definition of civilization from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
What is the pronunciation of civilization?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “civilization” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

throw

to send something through the air with force, especially by a sudden movement of the arm

Word of the Day

Blog

Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More